2016 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain

2016 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain
2016 Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain
Tasting notes

Bursting with bright ripe red fruits and a plethora of mixed dried spices leaning towards cinnamon, clove and ginger powder. A little bit of coffee, aged leather, moist earth and a kiss of vanilla really make for an intriguing mix of aromas. The palate starts off with a bright tartness that is immediately balanced with a smooth long finish with flavors of chocolate, earth leather and very pretty red fruits. A delightful wine that reminds you that sometimes blended wines are where it’s at! 

Production notes

Grapes are from Red Mountain AVA vineyards within a 2 mile radius of the winery: Hedges, Bel’ Villa, Magdalena and Jolet. The wine was destemmed and partially crushed into stainless steel fermenters where it was pumped over twice daily until desired tannin extraction was achieved. It was then pressed to barrels where it underwent malo-lactic fermentation, then racked off lees and 100% barrel aged for 20 months in 40% new oak, American (65%) and French oak (35%). 

Other notes

Harvest Notes: Harvest: 2016 had a very mild and warm winter followed by a wet Spring with a few heat spikes early on in May. Summer had an average amount of heat, but nothing like what we saw in 2015. A few rain events throughout the growing season made regulating irrigation water a bit tricky. The first part of harvest had mild heat which made for steady and even ripening of the fruit. The end of harvest was hit with off and on rain for a few weeks, which really slowed things down and stretched out picking dates. The 2016 harvest resulted in large crops with impressive fruit quality.

VarietalRed Mountain
Varietal Composition38% Merlot 29% Cabernet Sauvignon 12% Syrah 8% Cabernet Franc 5% Malbec 5% Petit Verdot 1% Touriga Nacional 1% Tinta Cao 1% Souzao
AppellationRed Mountain
Acid5.9 grams/Liter
AgingThis wine, like other Red Mountain wines, is best now with food, but will age well, probably peaking in 5-10 more years.
Volume750 ml
Cases Produced6050

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